Police issue warrant for third suspect in stabbing attack on Steeler Mike Adams
The three attackers who stabbed Steelers offensive tackle Mike Adams while trying to steal his truck randomly targeted him, police said Wednesday.
Two of the suspected attackers are in custody. Police launched a manhunt for the third.
“It appears to be random,” said Pittsburgh police Lt. Kevin Kraus, acting commander of the major crimes squad. “We have no information or evidence that indicates that any of these individuals knew that they were targeting or involved with a Pittsburgh Steeler.”
Police on Tuesday issued a warrant for Jerrell Whitlock, 26, of Hazelwood, on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, attempted carjacking and conspiracy. Whitlock was described as 5-foot-11, 200 pounds with a moustache and goatee. Police from five or six agencies — including the state police — searched Hazelwood and several areas in Allegheny County, Kraus said.
Adams, 23, identified Whitlock as the man who slashed his right forearm and stabbed his left side and stomach, according to an affidavit. Adams picked Whitlock, who he said was wearing a black-and-purple baseball hat during the attack early Saturday near 17th and East Carson streets, out of a photo array.
“We consider Mr. Whitlock a very dangerous individual. We have information that he may have left Pittsburgh and Allegheny County,” Kraus said. “We consider him armed and dangerous, and yes, there is a very aggressive search for his whereabouts.”
The suspects appear to be members of a gang in Hazelwood, Kraus said. Michael Paranay, 25, and Dquay Means, 26, both of Hazelwood, already are charged.
Means raps as “Quay Meanz” and is a self-proclaimed member of Wiz Khalifa's “Taylor Gang,” a group of musicians and friends of the Pittsburgh rapper.
Toni Means, 58, of Hazelwood said Wednesday her son, Dquay, would not jeopardize his rising music career. She told her son to turn himself in “because he doesn't have anything to hide.”
“He's not the type to go around bullying,” Toni Means said. “Anybody you ask will tell you that's not his character at all. He was looking to his career.”
Dquay Means pointed a handgun at Adams' head and demanded his Ford F-150 Raptor truck, police said. Paranay then sucker-punched Adams in the face as Whitlock stabbed him. As the three men ran from the scene, Paranay dropped his cell phone, which Kraus called a key piece of evidence that police used to find him.
Adams underwent two surgeries for a lacerated colon at UPMC Mercy, Uptown and has been released from the hospital.
Staff writer Margaret Harding contributed to this report. Aaron Aupperlee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-320-7986 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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